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Thinking Allowed: Global clothing and poverty, fur inheritance in Poland

Updated Friday, 20th March 2015

Laurie Taylor and guests discuss fast fashion and hand-me-downs regarding the links to class and poverty.

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Thinking Allowed, hosted by Laurie Taylor, is BBC Radio 4's weekly focus on the social sciences.

On this week's programme

Woman recycling clothes at clothing bank Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: © Katie Nesling | Dreamstime.com Jeans on a journey:

Laurie Taylor talks to Andrew Brooks, Lecturer in Development Geography at Kings College London, about his study of the hidden world of fast fashion and second hand clothes.
Following a pair of jeans in an around-the-world tour, this research reveals the commodity chains which perpetuate poverty - from Mozambican markets to London's vintage clothing scene.

Fur, family and inheritance:

Siobhan Magee, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, discusses her research into the convention of passing down fur clothes from grandmother to granddaughter in the Polish middle class.

This edition of Thinking Allowed is first broadcast on Wednesday 25th March 2015 at 4.00pm on BBC Radio 4. For further broadcast details, and to listen again where available, please visit bbc.co.uk.

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